February 13, 2011 |
Insurance salesmen . . . the Midwest . . . can movies get any more glamorous and exciting? Well, in Cedar Rapids , there may not be much in the way of glamour, but things do get wild: backroom bribes, swimming-pool sex, drugs, debauchery, boozy revelations. And Anne Heche , in a nicely turned performance, is one of the guys, so to speak: a saleswoman who uses the annual insurance convention as an excuse to escape her married-with-kids existence and cut loose, go crazy. Directed by Miguel Arteta , with Ed Helms as a naive and earnest milquetoast, John C. Reilly as a loose cannon, and Isiah Whitlock Jr . as a straight-arrow insurance rep, Cedar Rapids is half deadpan and half dead-on in its depiction of industry veterans meeting, greeting, and competing - and racking up big bar tabs.
January 30, 2010 |
Will Smith for president? Will Smith for president! The Philly star's extraordinary wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, tells German rag Bunte (www.bunte.de) that the Enemy of the State star has genuine ambitions to become Leader of the State. "Will is thinking about going into politics," she says. "He once said he could imagine becoming a U.S. president. He wasn't joking. " But Jada may very well put the kibosh on his plans: "It's just not for me," she says of being first lady.
May 27, 2010 |
BIG NEWS in the world of entertainment yesterday as country- music legend Willie Nelson cut his hair. Willie's lengthy, reddish pigtails - as if Crystal Gayle and Pippi Longstocking merged their locks - have been one of his signature features since he was a young crew-cut crooner. Spokeswoman Elaine Schock said of Willie's waist-length hair: "There's a lot of maintenance. " Ellen Disc-Generes After a season judging singers on "American Idol," Ellen DeGeneres announced on her show yesterday that she is starting a label called eleveneleven.
October 15, 2002 |
WHAT'S UP with Rosie? Wait a minute; I'm not joining in on the what's-wrong-with-Rosie- O'Donnell drumbeat. I'm wondering why everyone else is so obsessed. I can barely turn around without seeing her face on the newsstand. Hmm, she looked happy on People, so that must have been a positive article. She looked crazed on one of the tabloids, so I guess that one speculated on her sanity. Even the local newspaper that comes to my home asked, "What's with Rosie?" and further declared, "The former talk show host is making headlines with her baffling behavior.
September 10, 2005 |
Last night's star-fortified telethon, Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, turned out to be an efficient but awkward TV event. Even for a live production, it seemed markedly underrehearsed. But by any measure, Shelter From the Storm took care of business. Shown simultaneously on all six broadcast networks, PBS, and a number of cable outlets, the telethon boasted an elite cadre from song (Paul Simon, U2, Rod Stewart) and screen (Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz)
March 1, 2000 |
"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," trilled Mary Poppins in 1964, back before there were any lesbians. In 2000, HBO uses naked movie stars and hot sex to make its lesbian movie palatable to a wide audience, or at least to one that includes a large voyeur contingent that might not be interested in the feelings, politics and concerns of gay women. Written and produced entirely by women, If These Walls Could Talk 2 premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. It has a strong roster of stars, even by HBO standards: Vanessa Redgrave, Sharon Stone, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Williams from Dawson's Creek, and Chloe Sevigny from Boys Don't Cry and other serious, offbeat indie flicks.
January 24, 1995 |
It's not over till the fat lady sings or until Adrianna Huffington - wife of Michael, who lost to incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the California race that cost him about 20 million bucks - gets even. According to People magazine, she hopes to produce and host "Beat the Press," a weekly half-hour program that will "expose the biases, bloopers, toupees and agendas of the most persistent class of pests to ever plague the Republic of America press. " Tattle believes that means the folks who were less than kind to the Huffingtons during the campaign.
May 17, 2008 |
AFTER THE CALIFORNIA Supreme Court ruled Thursday that "limiting the designation of marriage to a union 'between a man and a woman' is unconstitutional," the path was cleared for gay couples in California to marry legally as soon as early June. And one of the first couples to announce plans to take advantage of it was none other than Portia de Rossi of "Arrested Development" and talk-show maven Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres, recently referred to in The Advocate as "arguably pop culture's most popular lesbian," made the announcement on her show the day the decision came through that she was getting married to her girlfriend of four years, although the episode didn't air until yesterday.
June 1, 2001 |
Is she or isn't she? She sure isn't! Well, at least this week. Former Ellen DeGeneres flame Anne Heche is engaged to marry cameraman Coleman Laffoon, whom she met while filming a documentary about Ellen's return to standup comedy, according to ETonline.com. Heche, 32, and Laffoon haven't announced a wedding date, said her manager Lauren Lloyd, the New York Daily News reported. "But she's definitely getting married. " Heche was spotted last week perusing bridal gowns at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, the paper reported.
November 10, 2007 |
JUST WHEN we were getting over the emotional trauma of Ellen DeGeneres losing her dog to some mean and nasty old animal-rescue service, she has to go and do something that makes us want to bite her ankle. Apparently, unlike many of her talk-show colleagues, Ellen has decided to thumb her nose at the Writers Guild strikers hitting the bricks outside her Burbank studio, has crossed the picket line and is taping her shows. And, according to Usmagazine.com, the East Coast branch of the union is ready to disrupt the shows and on-location skits she might have planned during her upcoming stay in the Big Apple on Nov. 19 and 20. Said the Guild: "We find it sad that Ellen spent an entire week crying and fighting for a dog that she gave away, yet she couldn't even stand by writers for more than one day - writers who have helped make her extremely successful.